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comes amidst u.s. concerns that the assad repeople may be cooking up recipes, mixing materials for chemicals. that possible preparation is taking place at more than one chemical plant in syria, officials say. u.s. intelligence shows nothing has been moved out of the facilities, however. and officials say there is no indication syria is on the verge of using chemical we papoweapon. in turkey monday, russian president putin called the deploy ment of the patriot missiles unnecessary. but tuesday, the russian foreign minister said any use of chemical weapons has grave implications. while down playing reports about syria. >> translator: we can call them rumors, but the syrian authorities are moving a stockpile of chemical weapons or that they want to use them. as soon as we hear such messages, we prepare. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton spent the day meeting with her fellow ministers as they approved a plan to provide turkey with the missiles. nato says the number of missiles and their precise location along the border still needs to be worked out. it could be weeks
the u.s. and most outsiders regard as a thinly disguised test of a ballistic missile. now, the rocket was fired this morning shortly before 10:00 a.m. local time. it went on a trajectory over the japanese island of okinawa and quickly provoked expressions of anger and outrage from japan and korea, which convened meetings of security officials. the u.s. described it as a provocative act threatening regional security. now, north korea, for their part, quickly said that it was a success, that the satellite is in orbit, unlike a test earlier this year when the rocket burned up on launch. the u.s. experts have conceded that an object is, indeed, in orbit and that even the chinese have expressed regret today, lynn. >> ian williams there live for us in beijing. ian, thanks so much. >>> back here at home, michigan is now the 24th state in america with a right-to-work law. despite protests of angry union supporters, state lawmakers passed the legislation. this means both private and public workers do not have to pay union fees. and republican governor rick snyder quickly signed the bills, call
by firing scud missiles at rebels. u.s. officials say more than half dozen scud missiles were fired into northern syria and areas held about it rebels have suffered severe damage recently. there's no evidence that the missiles contain chemical weapons, though. meanwhile, the president of ecuador denied yesterday that syrian leader assad has requested asylum there. >>> john mcafee is back on u.s. soil after being deported from guatemala on immigration violations. the anti-virus millionaire is miami. they are not involves in the belize investigation into the death of mcafee's neighbor. asked if he was concerned about extradition, mcafee responded. >> i'm not worried at all. if i'm in front of a court, there is nothing in the world they will do to send me back. they have no evidence. they're obviously trumped up charges. this is the only attempt they charged me. >> mcafee is currently free in the u.s. he remains a person of interest and the belize police would still like to talk to them. >>> there are new details this morning about cause of death of the london nurse who was caught up i
's regime appears to be crumbling, leon panetta announced today that 400 u.s. troops were be deployed to turkey to protect against a potential syrian missile attack. now, officials say the move is largely a symbolic show of force to signal the u.s. will support the defense of turkey. today russia is denying that one of its top diplomats said that president bashar al assad is losing control of his country. nbc is live for us in cairo. he has the latest. ayman, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. a series of rapid developments inside and outside the country. inside syria, first of all, rebels announced they made very important gains on the outskirts of the city of aleppo and the capital damascus. in aleppo they're reporting to have taken over a military base belonging to the regime and in damascus, they've taken over a military installation on the outside of that country's airport. that also links to the issue of outside support for the syrian regime, including russia which says it will stand by president bashar al assad despite comments yesterday from a senior russian
, brian. they were some of the most popular presidents in u.s. history and all elected to a second term. but it couldn't save them from the dreaded second term curse. it dated back to 1936 when president roosevelt won 46 out of 48 states. he used those results in an attempt to shake up the supreme court and that tarnished his reputation. fast forward to 1984. president reagan's economic recovery turned 49 of the 50 states red. the inran contraservice surface americans didn't like being kept in the dark . then the scandal impossible to forget. >> i want you to listen to me. i will say it again. i did not have sexual relations with that woman: >> gretchen: nick is a presidential historian and author of the book presidential leadership. decisions that changed the nation and he's my guest this morning. >> morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: looking back in history president obama is now reelected to the second term. what do we suspect about the curse. >> it is an interesting topic it is difficult . going all the way back to wilson and league of nation . fdr and truman got run out of office . th
. she won't testify before congress this week about the attack that killed four americans in the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya. >>> kate made her first appearance since being hospitalized for pregnancy sickness. >>> wall streets begin the final full week of trading with the tragedy in mind. along with a renewed push for tighter gun control legislation. >>> several police departments are across the country like this one in maryland held gun buybacks over the weekend. trading firearms and ammunition for cash. >>> elsewhere the u.s. postal service said today will be the busiest day of the year for mailing christmas cards. >>> meanwhile fed ex is expected to report a slip in profits. >>> also ahead this week, earnings from walgreens and nike. a record at the weekend box office. the hobbit an unexpected journey earned nearly $85 million nationwide. the biggest december opening of all-time. >>> now, for another look at the weather here's nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer. i can't remember the last time i have seen a movie. >> i have seen skyfall, the last movie that i have been to, it's har
ticks away for procrastinating shoppers. >>> plus, a u.s. senator arrested on dui charges. the world's most expensive christmas dinner. >>> and "the hobbit" holds on. >>> very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. days after the national rifle association's first public comment since the massacre, they're criticizing him for wanting to put armed guards in school. he's sticking to his guns. congress can't do anything about it until next month nbc danielle leigh joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. as that gun debate heats up, we are also approaching the fiscal cliff. we're talking about uncertainty now on two issues close to american's hearts and across the country people are responding. some spending less this holiday this season as the fiscal cliff nears and others buying guns as that intensifies. fresh off a demand for armed guards in school, nra's wayne lapierre remained defiant in his one and only interview with david gregory. >> if it's crazy for calling for armed police in our schools to protect our children, call me crazy. >> rep
then ran for the u.s. senate as an independent but lost. now to this. ♪ >> south korean singing sensation psy gears up for a huge performance this weekend. there are no revelations about anti-american -- this anti-american rap song they did a few years back. the song "dear american" includes lyrics like kill those blanking yankees who have been torturing iraqi captives, kill their mothers, daughters, mothers-in-law, fathers. psy has since apologized saying the 2004 rap was protesting the killing of a south korean hostage by iraqi insurgents. but psy will still perform at the christmas in washington concert this weekend where president obama and the first family will be looking on. and senator stevphen colbert? south carolina governor nikki haley says that ain't happening. the palmetto state resident said he'd like to replace the outgoing representative. he explained why he'd be a great senator. the governor was not moved. her season? what she called stephen colbert's, quote, big, big mistake. >> what's the state drink? >> there's a state drink? >> it's milk. i didn't realize my state was
a plan that will get -- that can get through the u.s. house, but, again, we're getting closer and closer now 11 days away from the end of the year, and this is an exercise that will not ultimatelyplan b is not going to become law. >> while this has consumed everybody's attention, the cabinet is nott being appointed. a lot of other things are getting backed up. >> kelly, chuck hagel. we see for a second time a trial balloon, chuck hagel, floated for the pentagon. all of this and commercial being bought and aired, admittedly only in the d.c. area and on cable, but they're spending real money, and are you seeing the conservative line-up against chuck hagel even before he has been nominated for the pentagon. you covered him on the hill. let's talk about why some of his fellow republicans are going after him so hard. >> that's the important point. he is a republican, and that would give the president an opportunity to look more bipartisan in his cabinet, so that's an important reason why his name is being floated. there's been a lot of concern among republicans that he was not as loyal to his
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of the other airports. according to flight aware.com so far only about 70 nights cancelled in the u.s. so far today. that's a big difference from thursday and provide when that storm blew through the plains and midwest and the northeast. forcing the cancellation of more than 6000 pilots. in places like chicago, detroit, and new york. some of the 84 million drivers were traveling this holiday season also faced treacherous roads, snow and ice may continue to be problem today in the northeast. places like upstate new york and pennsylvania and west virginia. there's good news for drivers. take a look at this. right now the national for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.24. that's much less than a month ago when the average was about $3.43. but it is about the same as a year ago. tens of millions of americans travel over the next few days, the travel conditions seem to be improving at least when compared to earlier in the week. alex? >> all right. appreciate that live report. we are going to get a look now at the forecast around the country. nbc meteorologist dylan dryer is here with more on that
retired as parliamentarian of the u.s. senate last year. this is his first interview since then. akil amar and sterling professor of law at yale law school. and msnbc contributor, victoria defrancesco soto. great to have you all here. all right. if president obama wants to get anything done in his second term, democrats in the senate will have to overcome one major obstacle, the filibuster. since democrats took control of both chambers of congress in 2007, republicans have used the filibuster as a bludgeon against them to pass basic legislation. the senate bills that actually passed has dropped from just over 25% to a record low of 2.8% this year. the rate held steady at 10% through the clinton and bush years and then plummeted when democrats took control of congress in 2007. that is due in no small part to the filibuster. it's mutated to a routine impediment to legislative progress. it has turned congress into a body incapable of acting except in times of crises. it's just like the fiscal cliff right now. this was designed to force congress to deal with the deficit. now senate majority le
for the u.s. senate. >>> coming up, no cause for concern -- that's the word on nelson mandala as the anti-apartheid legend rests in a south african hospital. >>> plus, should the gop jump on the marijuana legalization bandwagon? might not sound like a good fit. but stay tuned. we'll work it over in the war room, next. the truth about mascara is... it clumps. introducing a revolutionary new mascara. clump crusher...crusher. 200% more volume. zero clumps. new clump crusher from easy, breezy, beautiful covergirl. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief. this season, discover aleve. all day pain relief with just two pills. [ cheers and applause ] >>> that's one of the fifrs couples to tie the knot in washington state just after midnight last night. the first time same-sex couple there is could legally get hitched. voters approve the new law last month, making washington state now one of nine states plus the district of columbia that allows same-sex marriages. i'm craig melvin welcome back on this sunday afternoon. here's a quick look at other top stories m
in asia, people are questioning the u.s. staying power. they are looking at this political prowess and saying can we count on the u.s., so it's very important we get our economic house in order, we get a deal to move forward. >> how important is it for the president to move quickly on his new international security team? >> i think that's important too, and i understand lots of good work is going into that and you'll have an impressive team rolled out hopefully soon. >> michelle, thank you very much. >>> coming up next, the sheriff's office in clackamas county, oregon, has just released the latest details on that fatal shooting rampage that killed two people, leaving one teenaged girl in serious condition. according to the sheriff's briefing, the 22-year-old suspect has been identified as jacob tyler roberts. he used a stolen semi-automatic rifle during the shooting. the sheriff noted the law enforcement received hundreds of calls from panicked shoppers in the mall. the first unit that arrived on the scene, just one minute later, no motive has been established. no apparent relation
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margin that george bush and he's leaving the u.s. senate. >> well, there are winner and losers in the u.s. senate. he was willing to back some of the most extreme and unelectable republicans in primaries and thereafter and many more establishment republicans feel like he may have cost them the majority. so he still wants to be committed to this 100% commitment of ideology of getting thing done because we really need the senate to get things done. we need more problem solvers that are willing to come together like the deficit and job crisis that we continue to want to tackle. so i think you do see him saying, hey, i have this idea. we're going to take it by the storm. it didn't work. the president is still standing and moving forward. and i think there's some in his party who are eager to try to get a balanced approach and prevent us from going off this cliff which would be a very serious thing and we're right up against it. >> don't they have, joe, a real civil war going on in the republican party when you have on one hand sarah palin open fending the tea party's role saying on facebook,
with this kind of obstructionism is the u.s. senate? >> well, it's a challenge. and i think that, you know, one of the things that my uncle ted kennedy was so great at is bringing people together. and trying to create personal relationships, which made people want to compromise and want to come to some sort of understanding with one another. i think that we need more of that, in general u with the tea party. i think it just can't be done. those are people who came to washington saying we want to destroy it. and that's what they're there for. so it's very, very hard to get any kind of movement. >> is there a way to move this harry in a way back toward trying to put the people and human rights of people back as a priority rather than see the oba obstructionists just block everything? >> i think we're on that path and we should not be deterred or distracted by what the right wing does. but i just have to also make an observation that the work that the r.f.k. center does, in its work for instance in uganda, which is going to be pa rt of african policy right now in uganda, we're helping to support b
by secretary clinton to be the official -- to ask the questions in an official way for the u.s. government. that group is just about to report its findings. and secretary clinton will be asked to testify next week before the senate and the house. i really wish we'd been able to deal with issues. >> i certain lif agree, today, ambassador and governor, even today, the strongest critics of mccain, senator graham, senator iod. it says at one hand, they praise and still take a shot before they can finish praising them. senator lindsey, i respect ambassador rice's decision. senator . >> next sentence, i will continue to seek all the facts about benghazi. other agencies are stone walling on libya. senator ayott, going beyond any one individual. they can't even be mag nam mouse in the face of such states woman ship that was demonstrated by this ambassador, susan rice, today, governor, o'maley? >> yes, it's hard for them. the republican party has twisted itself in the sense of a corkscrew state. that they're just having a hard time right now as a party. it would be great if the party of lincoln wou
, if we in fact see a hit to the economy, see a hit to market confidence, see a decline in the u.s. reputation around the world. >> right. >> how is that pain absorbed within the body politic and how does that force a solution? republicans are on the short side of this argument. the question is whether the house republican party is responsive to that pick. >> and more so now. i mean, i always said john boehner didn't have a lot of bargaining power before. he has none. he has basically acknowledged he has none by saying okay. it's up to harry reid and president obama. mitch mcconnell. because there is nothing left for me to do here. i want to read something in "the wall street journal" op-ed about who is to blame in this. here is what they said. to put this in raw political terms mr. boehner offered a break, offered to break a core gop principle on taxes and mr. obama offered him nothing he could take back to his rank and file in return. instead he has treated the talks as an extension of the election campaign traveling around the country at rally style events at which he berates re
, what goes on here? what goes on? >> yeah. well, they can actually find out where the u.s. government is hiding. so that's not -- they can't all be in dick cheney's secret location. they can shut pieces of it down, but it's not really sustainable, obviously. it will increase the pressure in the sense of crisis. that's going to lead to more turmoil in the markets. so it's not a reassuring thing for your creditors if you either hide or you're shuffling money around. but it does apply increased pressure in washington. you know, this is where the white house wanted the negotiations in a way. i'm not saying that you can cook up a debt crisis or anyone would want to, but the president and his negotiators wanted both of these things to be done together, not to have tax cuts and all the horse trading around that now. and then in a few months' time have to go through the whole thing but on less favorable ground for the white house at least than talk about the debt ceiling. it's much better that it's one negotiation, it's one round of massive uncertainty if there's anything good that comes out
the theory is one day the north careens could conduct a missile that could reach as far as the u.s. mainland and potentially loaded with a nuclear device. for the latest on this and civil war in syria, we're joined bidet that -- bidet that milbank. ambassador, we're told north korea has as many as a few dozen nuclear warheads. jay carney the president's spokesperson said that the president is concerned about north korea's behavior, but what do we do to make sure they don't create a missile that could potentially hit the u.s. mainland? >> that, martin, is the $64,000 question. because this is the most successful launch of what essentially a disguised ballistic missile test. the north koreans have never been able to achieve this type of success in sne past. it's an indication of how close they are to construct a missile capable of what you just said of reaching the west coast. and the best we have so far in terms of an arsenal of options is another u.n. security council resolution to impose even yet additional sanctions on north korea that all depends on how china reacts to that. and number tw
a plan and cities all across america, certainly, need to join this fight. i'm very proud the u.s. conference of mayors, numerous mayors are signed on to this effort as well. >> michael nutter of philadelphia, we appreciate it. it really is the pairing of two unbelievable tragedies, the mental illness in western new york and this horrific tragedy. interesting to see -- >> i know you have to go, the fiscal cliff -- the fiscal cliff wants to cut money from mental health services. >> indeed. mr. michael nutter of philadelphia, we appreciate it. >>> let's shift back to the fiscal cliff and the art of the possible with one of the lawmakers that will have to pass a vote if a deal is consummated, kay bailey hutchison, member of the appropriations committee and republican from texas, she joins me now. thanks so much for being on the program. >> thank you, luke. >> so we know now the ball is in the senate's court, emphasis is now on harry reid and mitch mcconnell. seems the house is not in session. johnny isakson, your colleague from georgia said congress should pass the $250,000 and below
is over. the battle, the peaceful battle for workers' rights has just begun. joining me now is former u.s. congressman mark shower, democrat from michigan and a member of laborer's local 355. he was pepper sprayed by police during those peaceful demonstrations right outside the state capital. also with me, joy reed, managing editor of the the grio.com and managing msnbc contributor. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having us. >> congressman, what happened with you yesterday? >> well, i was proud to help lead a demonstration outside of a state house of representatives, you know. i worked in that building for 12 years. and i knew the best place to stand to give ourselves an opportunity to express to the house of representatives a voice of michigan. there were hundreds of us there. we were loud. we were expressing our displeasure with this terrible legislation. expressing the frustration that we've been completely shut out of the process. and, initially, mounted sheriff's deputies lined up to create a barrier from the building, which was fine. and then state troopers lined up to cr
could see a repeat of the possible down great of the u.s. createit rating? >> i'm concerned about it. we reached the debt limit, but tricks we can play to keep the government operating. that looks like no more than 60 days. it's an arbitrary and useless statute. denmark i think is the only other country that has something like that. this would be gamesmanship of the most dangerous kind. i hope nobody is going to play that game. i know the president said he is not going to play that game. if the republicans think they use that as leverage, they do that at their own risk. >> congressman, good luck to the cardinals. take care. >> thank you, luke. >> we are keeping our eye on how the stalemate is playing on wall street and president george hw bush is now in intensive care. the latest on his condition next. first, which current senator spent the most people in the house of representatives before entering the senate? tweet us and the first correct answer will get a follow thursday for us. more on that. we will give you a hint. it's not chuck schumer. [ male announcer ] you like who you are...
became the oldest person ever to serve in the u.s. house. paul beats the record set by north carolina rep who died in office in 1930 at the age of 89 years, seven months and 25 days. he gets his birthday on the house floor by speaker boehner because he has been there for so long. a neat thing to have. with the release of the movie lincoln, the guy on the $5 bill is all the rage, but we are going back a few years before lincoln for a look at one of america's found being fathers. the guy on the $2 bill that you don't see very much. we spoke about the third president, the original virginia wahoo. >> a look at the life of founding father thomas jefferson shows his towering political achievements may not have been possible without his ability to read the tea leaves. he understood a timeless truth that politics is slide scopic and constantly shifting and the morning's foe may well be the afternoon's friend. all seems well and good, but that's from the book thomas jefferson, the art of power. joining me now is the author of that book, john meachem. hello to you. >> thank you, mr. todd. pa. >> th
the second amendment to the u.s. constitution obsolete? that is, as the application of modern military design to civilian firearms produced a class of weapons too dangerous to be in general circulation. we say yes. included in that "we" in the lead editorial is the owner of "the new york post," rupert murdock, from australia. he knows the experience with mass murder, in 1996, an australian shooter spraying bullets from a semiautomatic weapon killed 35 people. the australian prime minister said then we do not want the american disease imported into australia. he meant, of course, the american disease of mass murder by firearm. the australian government then banned assault weapons, tightened licensing and created buy-back programs for guns. since then, there have been no gun massacres in australia. none. and here, in the united states, children, age 5 to 14 years are 13 times more likely to be killed by a gun than children in other developed nations. and the more guns your state has, the more likely your children are to be killed by guns. in fact, the more guns a state has the more likely peopl
. yesterday it was like these things next to each other. 20 children in china stabbed. 20 children in the u.s. shot and killed. of the 20 children in china who were stabbed, no fatalities. so it is not the end of viole e violence, and you can't walk around and end violence, but a common sense gun law that addresses the issues of the automatic weapons. i wanted to show quickly the president in the second presidential debate in town hall meeting was asked about gun control and he did say at this moment that he was thinking about the automatic weapons ban. take a quick listen. oh, sorry, maybe we don't have that at this point, but what he said is that what i'm trying to do is to get a broader conversation of how to reduce the violence generally and part of it is to get an assault ban row int introduced. ari, this seems where we could come together, an assault weapon s ban. >> well, it has declined with a ten-year sunset provision, and why a sunset provision? because things that are hard to get through congress regardless of which issue often are negotiated that way. that is why the bush p tax c
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